Health and Fitness Retreat in Southern California

Arizona is an extremely healthy state. I mean, with year-round sunshine, phenomenal restaurants, hiking for all levels, and workout regiments at top-of-the-line studios, it’s pretty hard to compete with the stats. However, even if you’re in the best shape of your life, sometimes a little getaway does the body wonders.


But where can you getaway to relax, rejuvenate and repair while still toning and strengthening the mind and body? Enter Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Southern California. Located two hours south of Los Angeles, and just 30 minutes north of San Diego, this quaint, yet utterly luxurious resort perfectly balances the relaxing resort feel with the health aspect any fitness enthusiast will appreciate.


Known for its tennis program—the resort has repeatedly been named Tennis Magazine’s #1 Tennis Resort in the country. And with a recent $30 million renovation to the property, including the resurfacing of all 18 tennis courts, as well as the fitness and spa areas, Rancho Valencia is fully equipped to take on even the most active lifestyle.


From sunrise to well past sunset, guests can explore a variety of workouts. From TRX training and cardio tennis classes to power yoga and pilates, guests can tackle every muscle in the body and still have time to lounge by the pool, unspool during a massage, and top the night off with a fun game of croquet on the resort’s lawn.

Every week, the resort features a fitness schedule of all the classes offered and also some exclusive events for guests and members of the resort’s fitnesscenter and spa.

The fitness center and yoga pavilion boast impeccable equipment and small class sizes with certified and trained instructors. They also have stocked supplies of coconut water and bottled water for endless hydration. If you happen to take a morning spin class, you will be rewarded with their Valencia protein smoothie: a blend of chocolate, banana, peanut butter and protein. And after every spa treatment, you are given a small glass of the Wellness Journey: juiced kale, celery and apple.


And what about your pre- and post-workout meals? Well, the resort pretty much has those under control as well. First, they have a gourmet oatmeal bar in one of their restaurants, Veladora. If you’re looking for more substance in the AM, pack on the protein with a dungeness crab benedict or a Baja California chorizo and egg burrito. Lunch and dinner also provide healthy, locally sourced dishes inspired by the region.

For those looking to simply unwind after a long workout, retreat to your own suite, complete with an outdoor hot tub and indoor Jacuzzi. They also offer Porsche test drives and bike rentals for quick adventures around the property. Getaways like this remind us that there is such a thing as a healthy vacation.


To learn more about Rancho Valencia’s fitness options and resort, visit

Article provided by: Kirstina Bolton


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